The holiday season is here and as in years before, I am sure many of you shopping for a food processor intend to give it as a gift. Here are a few tips to make sure the model you choose is well-received by the recipient.
1- Be sure to choose an appropriately sized machine. Generally speaking, most home cooks will need a full-sized (9 cups or larger) AND a mini food processor (4 cups or smaller) if they want to use a food processor for all their processing needs. Some cooks, specifically those who never prepare food for more than two people, can benefit from a compact model (5 to 8 cups) instead. The best option for most home cooks would be a full-sized food processor with a compatible mini bowl. This makes one machine able to do the job of both, giving you the most versatility possible in a single model.
2- Choose a finish or color that will go with the recipients kitchen. Food processors are large and can be used for preparing almost every meal you can imagine. They tend to be left on the countertop most of the time for these two reasons. Look around the kitchen where your gift will be going. Are all the appliances stainless steel? Does the recipient have a few brightly colored appliances? Is everything white?
3- Get a well-powered food processor. No one wants a weak machine. Look for a model that has the bowl situated directly above the motor (and not beside it.) These models are referred to as direct-driven and the power transfer in them is far superior to that offered by a belt-driven model. Direct-driven models may cost a bit more, but it is certainly worth it. A poorly powered food processor will cause headaches in the kitchen rather than helping.
4- Read reviews to find a reliable food processor. Don’t give a gift that is sure to break after a short period of time. Read consumer reviews to find a machine that has proven to be reliable time after time.
5- Check out the available accessories. Some food processors (especially the smaller models) come with little or no accessory options. Think about what the gift recipient likes to make and choose a model accordingly. The most popular accessory is a dough blade, which lets you make delicious, homemade bread easily.
There are also a few things you don’t need to look for when shopping for your gift. Don’t worry about safety features when choosing your gift. All modern models follow strict safety regulations, such as ensuring the blade stops moving when the lid is removed. Many manufacturers try to highlight these safety features to entice you to buy, when really they are standard on any machine you will find. Multiple speed settings are unnecessary; don’t look for them. Don’t worry about whether or not the machine you choose comes with a companion guide and cookbook. Many fine books are available for separate purchase, and they are better than any included book out there.